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Important June 2014 Trip Information:

  •  Application Due Date is 31 December, 2013.
  •  We will schedule interviews the week of January 13th (2014) and acceptance letters will be emailed by the end of January.
  • There are approximately 10 undergraduate, 3 graduate/NP and 2 doctoral slots available. This year we are also working with EHS to accommodate EHS students.
  • The number of non-student slots depends on the number of students who apply and the specialty medical needs of the team.
  • Travel dates: tentatively mid-June through end of June 2014. Usual time is two weeks; leaving on Saturday week one and returning Sunday week 2.
  • Student applicants: Preference will be given to students who have completed (or will complete prior to travel) NU 226 Fundamentals, NU 314 Adult Health I, and NU 344/644 Global Health Perspectives: Exploring the Intersection of Equity, Economics and Culture. Interested EHS students should discuss with the EHS Undergraduate Program Director.
  • Student travelers are responsible for their own airfare. (approximately $2,000)  A deposit of $500 is due at the time students are accepted for the trip, and the remaining balance is due when the tickets are purchased.  We hope to have a few partial scholarships, the number and amount of scholarships is dependent on trip related fundraising.  
  • Non-student team members are responsible for airfare, accommodations and in-country transportation costs. (Approximately $2,750.00) A deposit of $500 is due at the time travelers are accepted for the trip and the remaining balance is due when the tickets are purchased.   
  • You must have a current passport as of April 1, 2014 which will not expire within 6 months of travel and you must have completed your immunizations by May 1, 2014.
  • Students with a foreign passport must work with the Heart and Sole administrative team as soon as they are accepted to obtain a travel visa from the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC.
  • Students with a US passport will obtain their visa at the airport in Kenya. DO NOT seek a visa independently.
  • Accommodations are modest but clean, screening locations are rural, and travel conditions are strenuous.
  • Participation in the project is a year-long commitment. If selected to be a team member you must commit to attending ALL orientations/trainings, and participate in fundraising. Expectations for each team member:
    • Every team member is expected to raise $500 which will be used to purchase medical supplies and medication and offset in-country travel/accommodations.
    • Team members are expected to participate in 2 fundraising events.
    • Orientation: Sunday February 9, 2014
    • Training Session: Saturday April 26, 2014
    • Packing/supply session: Wednesday May 28, 2014
    • One post-travel meeting within 3 weeks of returning to the US. Date to be determined.

What can you expect if you participate?
Hard work, long days, lost sleep, financial sacrifice, and a totally awesome, life-changing experience. To understand this paradox a bit better – and understand what you are getting yourself into – please read the stories of past trips and student reflections posted in this website.

What makes for a highly effective volunteer?
As a volunteer you bring enthusiasm, knowledge, skills and most of all your humanity. Studies have identified several core human traits that are essential to being an effective volunteer; flexibility, patience, openness, inventiveness and integrity.

If after browsing the website you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Jacob Kariuki . If you are an EHS student and have questions, please contact your Undergraduate Program Director Dana Commesso.

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